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ERIC Number: EJ1040085
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jul
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 41
ISSN: ISSN-0926-7220
Explanatory Identities and Conceptual Change
Thagard, Paul
Science & Education, v23 n7 p1531-1548 Jul 2014
Although mind-brain identity remains controversial, many other identities of ordinary things with scientific ones are well established. For example, air is a mixture of gases, water is H[subscript 2]O, and fire is rapid oxidation. This paper examines the history of 15 important identifications: air, blood, cloud, earth, electricity, fire, gold, heat, light, lightning, magnetism, salt, star, thunder, and water. This examination yields surprising conclusions about the nature of justification, explanation, and conceptual change.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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